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Thus of the 18 Household officials in the Lords, 12 did not vote, four voted with the government and two voted with Lord Eldon, including the most senior official, The Monarchy 29 the Lord Chamberlain, the Duke of Montrose. As the latter explained, he could no more vote for repeal than he could give up his opposition to Catholic relief and parliamentary reform for they all materially affected 'the constitution of the country'. Wellington decided to put his foot down. ' Montrose responded by offering his resignation, an offer Wellington declined to put in train.
PP. ) iii. ) xxix. 301: Pensions on the Civil List granted since I Feb. I828. 20. A. Aspinall ( ed. , Cambridge, 1963-71, hereafter Aspinall, CPW), iv, 349. See also vi, 147 where the point is made that the Portland government's election victory of 1807 was due as much to popular support for the King as to popular hostility to Catholic relief. 21. Hibbert, George IV, ii, 195-7. 22. Sack, From Jacobite to Conservative, ch. 5. 23. The English Government and Constitution (1865 edition), 194. 24. Anglesey Mss.
Vivian. 52. Wellington, Despatches, iv, 183-4. 53. Wellington Mss. WPl/917/28, George IV to Lord Wellesley, 17 February 1828; WP1/920/69, Wellington to George IV, 26 February 1828 (draft). On 14 January 1828 the King wrote to the Duke of Devonshire stating that he wanted him and Lords Lansdowne and Carlisle to remain in office as he regarded them as his 'personal and attach'd friends', Aspinall, CPW, viii, 470 (letter 3468). 54. Wellington, Despatches, iv, 41 0-12; Hatherton Mss. J. Littleton, 29 April 1828; Blackett-Ord (Whitfield) Mss.